Top Off Tuesday: Retro Style Man Chest

Posted 2 December, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 6 Comments


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Top Off Tuesday: Retro Style Man ChestDestiny's Captive by Beverly Jenkins
Series: Destiny #3
Published by Harper Collins on October 28, 2014
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384

In national bestselling author Beverly Jenkins' Destiny series, the Yates men play hard and live hard. And when they find that special woman, they fall hard . . .

Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman.

And Pilar isn't just an ordinary woman. She's descended from pirates. And after giving him one of the worst nights of his life, she steals his ship! Now Noah is on the hunt, and he'll stop at nothing to find this extraordinary woman . . . and make her his.

I had such high hopes for this story. Feisty pirate chick from Cuba. Cranky rich dude (with a dark past, of course) who gets his boat stolen by said woman who’s also a revolutionary. Anger equals heat equals fabulous smexytimes and a rocky romance. Well…sort of.

Since the early Nineties, Beverly Jenkins has reigned as queen of the African American romance, a well-deserved title to be sure (seriously, check out Through the Storm. Classic.). However, this one just didn’t do it for me like I’d hoped. We start out with a fantastic premise, like I said but, once Noah catches up with Pilar and puts her in a compromising situation, forcing her to marry him, it’s all downhill after that. Her fire is tamed. His anger at her destroying his ship (oops.) is lessened. She puts down her pirate sword, ditches her swashbuckling ways, leaves her family and her country behind with only a few minor looks behind her and becomes a boring old married lady. Where’s the fire? Where’s that revolutionary zeal that led her to become a boat-stealing pirate? *sigh*

I’m a black sheep when it comes to this opinion but I’m still a BJ fan (hehe. Double entendre.).

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6 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday: Retro Style Man Chest”

  1. Oh that is very disappointing. It sounds like a fantastic set up. Too bad. I read a pirate one from Katherine Ashe a bit back where the heroine was a pirate as well. It was so fun. They “tried” to tame her but…didn’t quite stick all the way.

    I’ve not tried this author but you do have me curious about her others. I’ll have to see what our library has 🙂
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